It’s that time of year again when we all need to set our clocks ahead one hour to spring forward on Sunday, March 10. It’s also the time of year for spring cleaning and outdoor home improvement projects. As we all begin to venture outside again to tackle those outdoor projects, now is the perfect time to brush up on your outdoor safety knowledge.
Here are a few tips to protect yourself and your home this spring:
Look up and out for overhead power lines. Staying away from power lines is one of the most important ways you can stay safe when you are outdoors. Overhead power lines carry thousands of volts of electricity and are not insulated, making them deadly to touch. If you come in contact with a power line or an object you are holding, like a tree limb, ladder or even a kite, touches the line, you will become a path for the electricity to find the ground.
Always assume power lines are energized, even if they are down or underground and do not spark or hum. If you do see a downed line or a tree branch that is dangerously close to a power line, call 1-800-ENTERGY.
Remember, water and electricity do not mix. Keep electrical appliances and power cords away from wet areas. And never touch electrical cords or appliances if you’re wet or standing in water.
Plant the right trees in the right place. When adding new trees to your landscaping, consider placement and tree height at maturity,